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Livestream: Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Hong Kong Crisis

On Thursday, June 4, at 11:00 a.m., the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Crisis in Hong Kong: A Review of U.S. Policy Tools.” The committee will hear testimony from Eric Lorber, the senior director of the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and Peter Harrell, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Ryan Merkley on Why Wikipedia Works

In this episode of Lawfare's Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Ryan Merkley, the chief of staff to the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation. We’ve spent a lot of time on this podcast discussing how social media platforms have handled issues of disinformation and misinformation. But what about Wikipedia? It’s a massive online encyclopedia written and edited entirely by volunteers—so, not a platform, but still an online service grappling with a wave of untruths in an uncertain time.

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Rational Security: The 'America is Hurting' Edition

Americans have taken to the streets in dozens of cities to protest the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and systemic racism. President Trump has focused his attention on looting and violence, which he calls “domestic terror” and insisted governors “dominate” the protestors. The gang talks about the role of the military and the Insurrection Act, the role of Bill Barr and the Justice Department, and Trump’s use of other federal forces as America heads into another day of public demonstration amidst a still raging pandemic.

The Russia Connection

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Crossfire Hurricane Investigation

On Wednesday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first in a series of hearings on oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The committee heard testimony from Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Rashawn Ray on Police Violence

Dr. Rashawn Ray is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He's also an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he directs the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR). He is a scholar of, among other things, police-civilian relations and has done a lot of work on police-involved killings. He joined Benjamin Wittes to discuss the mechanisms of police violence, what causes it, what can be done to address it and reduce it, and the role of race in this problem.

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The National Security Law Podcast: On the Brink with the Insurrection Act

We bring you a special episode, recorded jointly with Ben Wittes as an episode of the Lawfare Podcast. Ben, Bobby and Steve explore the threatened invocation of the Insurrection Act by President Trump, the president’s existing use of the D.C. National Guard, the president’s assertion that he will designate Antifa as a “domestic terrorist organization” and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters out of Lafayette Square Park in order to facilitate a presidential photo op.

The Russia Connection

Justice Department Submits Brief to Appeals Court in Flynn Case

The Justice Department on Monday, June 1 filed a brief urging the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to force district court judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That move came after the Justice Department moved to drop a charge against Flynn, who previously pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, and Sullivan declined to immediately abandon the case.

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